• English Cafe #400 MP3

    Topics: Movies: Patton; The Eagles; to swear versus to promise versus to vow; nice to come home to; enclosed versus attachedWords: general monologue troops to defy orders to distinguish (oneself) outspoken fallible score to take it easy to peak to disband to do (something) justice to swear to promise to vow nice to come home to enclosed attached

    29.05.2013

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  • 898 - People of Different Ages MP3

    For kids from one to 92, we present this episode that explains how to talk about people at all stages of life. Slow dialog: 1:05 Explanations: 3:06 Fast dialog: 16:05Gloria: I’m surprised at the variety of people on this tour. Andy: Oh, yeah? I hadn’t noticed.Gloria: Well, we’ll be spending the next two weeks with these people so I thought I’d get to know some of them.Andy: Thatâ...

    27.05.2013

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  • 897 - Cooking a Meal MP3

    What’s for dinner? Find out in this episode about cooking (and don’t forget to invite me).Slow dialog: 1:07 Explanations: 3:01 Fast dialog: 15:46Emeril: Can you hand me that pan?Rachel: This pot? Emeril: No, that pan over there. I need to pan-fry these vegetables. Rachel: Wouldn’t be healthier if we steamed the vegetables or grilled them?Emeril: Maybe, but for this meal, I’m fryin...

    24.05.2013

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  • 895 - Government Reactions to Protests MP3

    We’re going to have a revolution. It will not be televised, but it might be tweeted. Find out how to talk about overthrowing your government in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:12 Explanations: 3:09 Fast dialog: 15:10Tom: Have you seen the news?Marianne: No, what’s happening?Tom: People in McQuillanland are rising up against the dictator and rallying against his government.Marianne: Wow, this is big. I ...

    17.05.2013

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  • 894 - Understanding Modern Art MP3

    If you can understand what you’re looking at in a modern art museum, you might be doing something wrong. Find out more in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:27 Explanations: 3:06 Fast dialog: 15:56Stephan: What’s that?Livia: It’s my latest artwork. It’s experimental.Stephan: It’s, um...Livia: Abstract. It’s part of a performance art piece I’m putting together. Itâ€...

    13.05.2013

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  • 893 - Sports-Related Injuries MP3

    Playing sports can be dangerous. That’s why I never do. Learn why you shouldn’t either in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:13 Explanations: 3:08 Fast dialog: 15:13Grace: What happened to you?!Paul: I had a little accident at the game today. Grace: Little accident?! You’re limping and obviously in pain!Paul: I just pulled a muscle in my back and aggravated my runner’s knee, that’s ...

    10.05.2013

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  • English Cafe #397 MP3

    Topics: American Presidents – Warren G. Harding; wet versus muggy versus humid; intense versus intensive; such aWords: to make a bid fence sitter isolationism normalcy campaign telemarketer corruption graft veteran to hold true to disarmament affable wet muggy humid such a

    08.05.2013

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  • 892 - Preparing for a Busy Season MP3

    Hurry up! Everyone will be arriving soon for the new season and you’re not even ready. Get prepared by listening to this episode.Slow dialog: 1:20 Explanations: 3:18 Fast dialog: 15:54Yuko: What’s all this?Reza: We’re gearing up for the busy season. We don’t want to get caught with our pants down like we did last season.Yuko: Last season, we had an unusual number of visitors because o...

    06.05.2013

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  • 891 - Checking on the Status of an Application MP3

    Waiting to hear about whether you were successful in applying for a job or position can be stressful. Learn how to talk about it in English in this episode.Slow Dialog: 1:16 Explanations: 3:09 Fast Dialog: 14:34Leo: Here’s the mail.Denise: Did I get anything?Leo: No, sorry. Are you expecting something?Denise: Yeah, I’m waiting for a decision letter about my application to the McQ program. I should...

    03.05.2013

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  • English Cafe #396 MP3

    Topics: Ask an American – “Battle Hymn of the Republic"; to outweigh versus to be outweighed by; full versus whole versus entire; a lot of versus severalWords: vision battle marching troops verse glory the coming of the Lord to trample out vintage grapes of wrath swift sword to march on hallelujah to outweigh to be outweighed by full whole entire a lot of several

    01.05.2013

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  • 890 - Enjoying Nature MP3

    There’s nothing better than a walk through the forest or on the beach. Or is there? Find out in this episode.Slow Dialog: 1:11 Explanations: 2:51 Fast Dialog: 13:48Charles: This is what I call the great outdoors. Look at that stunning view! Rachel: This is truly jaw-dropping. We’re in the middle of one of the most pristine areas of the world where wildlife lives in its natural habitat. Charles: It...

    29.04.2013

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  • 889 – Taking Up a New Hobby MP3

    If you have a lot of free time, why not start a new hobby? Learn more in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:13 Explanations: 3:34 Fast dialog: 15:08Eric: Who were you talking to on the phone?Melissa: My mother. I was commiserating with her about Dad’s retirement.Eric: Your father retired two months ago. That was a good thing, right?Melissa: Well, it’s good that he doesn’t have to work anymore, but...

    26.04.2013

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  • English Cafe #395 MP3

    Topics: The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer; Famous songs: Little Bunny Foo Foo; science of versus knowledge of; good versus not badWords: cookbook recipe a wide spectrum of cuisine hand motion to scoop up to bop goon poof moral play on words hare science of knowledge of good not bad script transcript

    24.04.2013

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  • 888 – Advertising in TV and Movies MP3

    How do you force people to see your advertisement? Put it into a movie or TV show. Find out how in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:13 Explanations: 3:42 Fast dialog: 16:09Victoria: [clears her throat] Congratulations are in order. I just scored a product placement for our brand in the latest McQuillanator movie. Thank you, thank you very much.Gerard: Really? That’s great! Will it have a prominent place in ...

    22.04.2013

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  • 887 – A Destructive Storm MP3

    Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. Hear more talk in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:12 Explanations: 2:58 Fast dialog: 16:06Allen: Are you all right?Monica: Yes, we’re fine, but that blizzard really caught us off guard, especially this time of year. Have you seen the news?Allen: I just watched it. Overnight, the storm felled over 30 trees in and around the town and toppled u...

    19.04.2013

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  • English Cafe #394 MP3

    Topics: The rise of home shopping; Mammoth Cave National Park; quick versus fast; tremendous versus enormous; basic needsWords: catalog to take off to showcase line allure customer base bricks-and-mortar store cave mammoth extinct lantern to mine to spelunk quick fast tremendous enormous basic needs

    17.04.2013

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  • 886 – Driving Through a Speed Trap MP3

    If you drive too fast, you may get into trouble. Learn how to avoid that in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:10 Explanations: 2:42 Fast dialog: 15:39Angel: Why are you driving at a snail’s pace?Georgina: This is an infamous speed trap. I don’t want to get a ticket – again.Angel: I don’t see any squad cars along the road. Are you sure this is the right stretch of road?Georgina: I’m su...

    14.04.2013

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  • 885 – Talking to a Bank Teller MP3

    Rich man, poor man – everyone goes to the bank at some point. Learn how to talk to someone at your bank in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:08 Explanations: 3:22 Fast dialog: 15:44Bank Teller: Can I help you?Antonio: Yes, I’d like to deposit this check.Bank Teller: Please fill out a deposit slip and be sure to endorse the check on the back.Antonio: Here you are. I’ve already filled out a slip and...

    12.04.2013

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  • English Cafe #393 MP3

    Topics: American Movies – The Manchurian Candidate; blue laws; expression versus term versus idiom; What name do you go by?; en masseWords: thriller prominent to brainwash assassin to incriminate sleeper agent nightmare to commission blue law Sabbath to reserve to repeal car dealership expression term idiom What name do you go by? en masse

    10.04.2013

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  • 884 – Types of Meetings MP3

    What could be more fun than going to a lot of meetings? Learn how to talk about different kinds of business meetings in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:08 Explanations: 2:58 Fast dialog: 14:31Susanna: All right, then. This meeting is over. We’ll meet again next week for a status update. Juan: Hey, do you have a few minutes to talk about tomorrow’s teleconference?Susanna: Sorry, I’ve got to run....

    08.04.2013

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